Lateral arms, transversal leaf spring, lever silencer
Rigid axle, leaf springs, friction damper
5.25 - 16 (3,25")
Wooden frame, steel sheet
820 kg + driver
Approx. 90 km/h
Years of manufacture
1933 - 1934
6 V/ 75 Ah/ 90 W
This car is remarkable. First of all, it was designed directly by BMW, although the bodywork was done by Daimler-
Benz in Sindelfingen. The chassis is strongly improved as compared to its much criticized predecessor. The car can
accommodate four people. Another feature is the new inline 6-cylinder engine with four-bearing crankshaft, a major
leap as compared to its predecessor's double-bearing four-cylinder.
How intensive the relations with Daimler-Benz was, is demonstrated by the fact that three designs exist for the six-cylinder and
they are presented to the technical head of Mercedes, Hans Nibel. His decision seems to have absolute priority. Only his criticism
of the planned tubular frame ultimately remains unnoticed. And where one could buy the new 303? Of course, mainly as clearly
advantageous tender in Mercedes-representations, except in Berlin (see picture below).
In terms of design, the 303 displays for the first time, the double kidney. It originates because BMW rounds the grill
aerodynamically, resulting in a divided surface. Another reason for the rounding is the positioning of the trademark.
The double grille grows into being one of the design features of BMW in the coming years, and still is today. 06/16